Just been looking through some past threads about Malaysia. I'm going to be there mid to end Jan 2008, I'm guessing that means avoiding the east and Perhentians? Shame because was considering the jungle line. So instead was thinking of heading up the west coast to either Langkawi (really that bad?) or Pangkor (abandoned in bad weather?!). Any info would be great or any other suggestions (have already looked into the Cameron Highlands), was kinda banking on it being sunbathing weather in the west-wrong?
Thanks in advance!!
Langkawi Island is still worth a visit for tourists from abroad, just like you. Though it was not as marvelous as it used to be, Langkawi shall be included in your itenery when you visit Malaysia. There are still some parts of the island which are being preserved in terms of the nature, cleaniness and beauty of the surroudings. Not as commercialised and crowded as Phuket in Thailand, you can still afford to enjoy the serenity, quiet and the village atmosphere here. I can say for sure it's still worth to dip into your pocket to put this island in your plan. As for Pangkor, if you arrived in KL, then this should come first before Langkawi as it's nearer to KL, about 4 hours drive to the neighbouring state. Lumut pier in Perak is where your journey shall be from KL. Fare wise is about RM12. This is a much smaller town and even much quieter and far less crowded. It's not so commercialised but worthwhile if yet again you want to enjoy a more private and relax beach holiday. You can also go white water rafting in another town within the state. Head to Kampar if you like for this fun and nerve breaking adventure prior to your journey to Lumut to get to Pangkor island. This should take you half day. You can set off to Lumut once you completed your Kampar adventure. Tour for this activity can be arrange in KL. Look for travel agencies around the city. They do have the package at reasonable budget.
As for the hills and forests, there are quite number of places that should be in your list. Cameron Highland, in Pahang, which situated on the east of KL offer you some nature sort of holiday where a tea plantation tour should not be missed. The Boh Tea Plantation in Sungai Palas is where you can take a tour at the tea estate and savour the good taste of the Cameronian tea at its tea retail outlet at the plantation. You can also go to Taman Negara (National Park) also located within the Pahang state. Here, you can enjoy activities such as jungle trekking, take a dip at the waterfalls, crusing along the rivers and visit the aboriginals village. Again, you can enagaged the tour from KL at price of as low as RM400. (USD 114) for a 3 days 2 nights trip. Then, there is the Royal Belum Forest/Temenggor Dam in Banding, sate of Perak (remember Pangkor Island). Belum Forest offer the same activities in Taman Negara, but it's less commercialised and you can enjoy more privacy here. This adventure also allow you to stay at the floating chalets on the lake of Belum forest, overlooking the entire valley. Breathtaking views, serene and relaxing. Try this out. Another nature tour is the Kenyir Lake in Terengganu state, which of course is much further in terms of location as compared to the 3 places mentioned earlier. Activities wise, is of not distintive from the ones in Taman Negara and Belum Forest.
Enjoy your journey.
I just went to LAngkawi last week. If you get lucky,it wont rain. However,it rains at night. Pangkor will be the same because they are both located at the west coast.It will be the best time to go to the east coast now.Perhentian and Redang will be a very nice islands to visit for during this period. Maybe you can try National Park(Taman Negara). It is at Pahang. Have a nice trip mate.